I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest book review.
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
I read the first book in this series a few months back and I was overjoyed to be able to jump back in with this second instalment. These books are almost comfort reads for me. They’re the perfect size to binge in a day and the stories are just beautiful. The way the deal with loss, love, joy and sadness is almost simple and human, they’re not hugely dramatic or over the top, they’re just simple, beautiful life.
We get 4 more stories in this volume, and of course the cafe workers and regulars are there still, so we get to continue to learn about their stories and their lives. They make for great framework with their compassion and the understanding of those who wish to time travel.
Interestingly we get to see someone travel forward in time, which was fascinating to see the reasons behind this and how it works out. And each story always feels fresh and human. I just can’t get enough of them.
This is the perfect read to curl up under a blanket and enjoy with a cup of tea. They’re just so simple and beautiful and I’m so in love with these books.
In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time…
From the author of Before the Coffee Gets Cold comes a story of four new customers each of whom is hoping to take advantage of Cafe Funiculi Funicula’s time-travelling offer.
Among some faces that will be familiar to readers of Kawaguchi’s previous novel, we will be introduced to:
The man who goes back to see his best friend who died 22 years ago
The son who was unable to attend his own mother’s funeral
The man who travelled to see the girl who he could not marry
The old detective who never gave his wife that gift…
This beautiful, simple tale tells the story of people who must face up to their past, in order to move on with their lives. Kawaguchi once again invites the reader to ask themselves: what would you change if you could travel back in time?